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Wedding News: Venues for the perfect autumnal ceremony

Venues for the perfect autumnal ceremony

New research conducted by ethical jewellery brand Sacet has revealed the top country wedding venues across the UK that would make the perfect location for an autumnal ceremony. By analysing a number of factors (including guest capacity, number of reviews, professionalism, quality of service and value for money) of over 30 wedding venues that offer barn, country and forest-style weddings in the UK, the top 10 were revealed. Brinsop Court Manor House and Barn, in Hereford, has been crowned the overall winner, with top ratings across all factors (quality of service, response time, professionalism, value for money flexibility and average rating). It also had the most number of reviews and can hold between 30 to 250 guests.

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Wedding News: Relax & remove pre-wedding stress

Relax & remove pre-wedding stress

Wedding season is upon us and bridal showers and bachelorette parties are increasingly becoming an escape from the chaos of wedding planning and finding serenity before the big day. AIRE Ancient Baths London's spaces are revered as sanctuaries, devoted to nurturing the tranquillity of both the body and mind, transcending the constraints of time and grasping the importance of peace and serenity prior to one's special day. AIRE's selection of Wedding Gifts and Packages allow a moment of pampering to forge memories that will endure for a lifetime and are designed to be experienced at special moments, perfect for newly-wed gifts or to experience with your bridesmaids.

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Wedding News: The Black Forest Brownie

The Black Forest Brownie

Exploding Bakery, the renowned online gift shop for cakes, is excited to announce the introduction of its latest masterpiece - The Black Forest Brownie. This royally festive creation is an explosion of flavours crafted by the talented team of bakers at Exploding Bakery, and it is the perfect treat to celebrate the Christmas season. The Black Forest Brownie is a delightful combination of juicy cherries, Somerset Cider Brandy, nutty almond brownie, and a topping of smooth white chocolate. Exploding Bakery takes pride in the use of Casa Luker Colombian Chocolate, a family-owned business that has been producing top-quality chocolate for over a century.

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Wedding News: Are these popular 2023 wedding song cursed?

Are these popular 2023 wedding song cursed?

Research from wedding entertainment providers Function Central shows couples are taking risks choosing songs for their weddings with shockingly high divorce rates. Function Central used existing data on the songs most likely to end in divorce to see whether couples were still taking risks by adding these songs to their upcoming nuptials. This data was then cross-referenced against existing wedding playlists of engaged couples to see whether couples were still choosing these songs for their weddings. The results were concerning for any superstitious couples worried about whether certain tracks were deemed bad luck for long lasting marriages.

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Wedding News: Piazza Italiana- Winter Wedding Wonderland

Piazza Italiana- Winter Wedding Wonderland

This winter, allow your love story to unfold against the backdrop of elegance and grandeur, and say I do at Piazza Italiana, the City's chicest wedding venue, housed a historic Grade-II listed building. For October – February, Piazza Italiana is offering all popular wedding days for just £15,000 minimum spend - Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Open the doors and step into opulence as you experience a backdrop of high ornate ceilings, exquisite chandeliers, Neoclassical Corinthian columns and floor-to-ceiling arched windows, providing a modern setting for a stunning London winter wedding, come rain, shine, or snow! The Ante Chamber seats groups of 14 around a show-stopping marble table, with a huge arched window providing natural light.

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Wedding News: 5 reasons couples fail at sticking to their wedding budget

5 reasons couples fail at sticking to their wedding budget

With the cost of living on everyone's minds, budget expert Isabel Smith, offers some insight into how couples can set (and stick to!) their wedding budget. The number of couples who are going overbudget on their wedding is dropping, from around 2/3 in 2018 to somewhere around 50% this year. This may be due to savvier couples setting more realistic budgets, or people simply refusing spend a penny more than planned owing to future financial uncertainty, but either way, I am all for it! I've never been an advocate for getting in debt over your big day, no matter how special you want it to be.

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Wedding News: The perfect couples advent calendar

The perfect couples advent calendar

Couples looking for that x-factor idea to get them in the Christmassy mood this festive season need look no further than A Twist Of Date's personalised couples' advent calendar. This personalised QR-code collection of romantic, fun and creative couples' activities adds a spark of magic that is sure to make 2023 a December to remember. Perfect for long-term busy couples looking to reconnect through heart-warming moments, it's a no-brainer alternative to the typical chocolate-filled Christmas countdown. Whether it's an impromptu trip to your local ice rink, engaging in an act of kindness together or writing each other a romantic letter to be opened on Christmas, each day brings something new and exciting to share together.

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Wedding News: How to master taking the perfect engagement ring photo

How to master taking the perfect engagement ring photo

Proposals are often one of the most memorable, special and magical moments in a couples life, so it's only natural they want to share this joyous news with their friends, family and colleagues. In 2023, one of the most common ways for couples to share the news of their engagement is through social media. Couples often post gorgeous pictures in real time of themselves along with the dazzling engagement ring. Sharing the news via social media is a quick and easy way of telling your loved ones the news without having to individually call everyone, which can be overwhelming and time consuming. However, taking the perfect photo can be a bit of a challenge. Whilst it's not a competition to see who has the biggest ring and whose ring sparkles the most, a lot of people want their ring to look as desirable and shimmering as possible.

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Wedding News: Christmas at The Great Northern Hotel

Christmas at The Great Northern Hotel

Luxury Grade II listed Great Northern Hotel, the capital's oldest railway property situated in King's Cross, is celebrating the festive season in style. From new seasonal dishes, Christmas Day dining, gingerbread house decorating and wreath-making workshops to live music and wine tasting, Great Northern Hotel is ready to welcome one and all! Open now, the hotel's spacious GNH Bar & Terrace has teamed up with whisky brand, Rabbit Hole, to create the perfect setting to enjoy winter warmers and bespoke cocktails in the cooler weather. all cocktails are priced at £13. From 1st December, the terrace will then be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with fir garlands and Christmas decorations for a picture-perfect alfresco destination over the festive period.

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Wedding News: Sober hen parties are on the rise

Sober hen parties are on the rise

While hen parties are often characterised by celebratory cocktails, drinking games and wild night outs, the hen-do could soon be shrugging off its booze-fueled persona. Global searches for 'sober hen do ideas' have doubled over the past year while 'sober bachelorette party games' has also seen a 50% increase. On TikTok, #soberliving has seen a surge in popularity, with videos including the hashtag boasting over 650 million views. If you're a bride-to-be looking to celebrate your 'last night of freedom' tee-total-style, party planning expert, Amy Greenshields at cardfactory has shared her four top tips.

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Wedding News: Is lasting love magic, logic or luck?

Is lasting love magic, logic or luck?

Does it matter how a couple met? Contented Couples, a new guide to long-term relationships, features candid, intimate interviews with eighteen couples, based in the UK and USA. Each pair tell of how they met, how they formed a relationship and how they've thrived to become a truly happy union. One couple met and married within a month, whilst another two were thrown together repeatedly by a matchmaker who refused to give up - and it is not only guy meets girl either. The couples speak from an array of circumstance, culture and sexual orientations, including arranged marriage, friends-to-lovers and dating apps.

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Wedding News: Bodyism's New Memberships

Bodyism's New Memberships

Global wellness brand Bodyism is excited to announce its anticipated membership makeover, replacing the brand's multi-tier structure with a refined singular membership, paid for with a monthly or yearly subscription. Members can enjoy a refreshed class timetable. Personalisation remains crucial to the Bodyism philosophy, with every member given the option to tailor their membership with add on bundles, whether that's personal training sessions, fitness classes, rejuvenating treatments, or appointments with specialised practitioners. The brand has also partnered with nutritional therapist Stephanie De Chillaz, ensuring every member receives a complimentary 30-minute consultation with both Stephanie and Bodyism's head trainer upon joining.

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Wedding News: The five best weather apps to keep your eye on it leading up to the big day

The five best weather apps to keep your eye on it leading up to the big day

Wedding jewellery experts Austen & Blake have listed some of the best weather apps to keep an eye on in the lead-up to your big day. The UK weather has been anything but predictable lately, with September set to be a particularly rainy and unsettled month, according to The Met Office. Top-rated apps help to track and plan your wedding day accordingly. Weather apps are invaluable when it comes to planning your nuptials, but sometimes there's no avoiding the inevitable. That's why, along with listing the best apps for tracking grey skies, the jewellery experts have teamed up with a professional wedding photographer to provide tips on how to get the best rainy snaps.

Even when the weather's a washout, it doesn't mean your wedding photos have to be! Here are some of the best weather apps to keep an eye on and how to strike the perfect pose if rain is predicted:

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Wedding News: Let there be brunch

Let there be brunch

The InterContinental London Park Lane launches a sumptuous limitless Sunday offering, complete with live-cooking stations, roast counter, and unlimited buffet. Set in the elegant surroundings of the hotel's main restaurant, enjoy a banquet fit for a king where the focus is on the highest quality British produce. Created by Executive Chef, Lalit Kumar, the brunch menu specialises in British classics made with locally sourced ingredients, including a fresh selection of cold and hot starters along with a selection of moreish cheeses and fruit chutneys. Choose eggs how you like at the live cooking station, or choose a signature Sunday roast, from the Gloucestershire Beef Wellington to the Kentish Roast Chicken, all served with roasted potatoes and herb jus.

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Wedding News: Don’t like your engagement ring? Relationship experts reveal what you need to do!

Don’t like your engagement ring? Relationship experts reveal what you need to do!

A marriage proposal is filled with an overwhelming amount of emotion and is a moment both you and your partner will remember forever. But once the initial rush fades, what if you come to terms with the fact that the ring placed on your finger isn't what you envisioned it to look like? Leading diamond jewellers, Diamonds Factory, teamed up with relationship experts Georgia Sturmer and Sharin Shafer, who have shared their top 3 tips on how to handle this delicate situation in the best way possible.

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Wedding News: The ultimate guide to pick the perfect engagement ring

The ultimate guide to pick the perfect engagement ring

With less than 55 days till Christmas day, those thinking of popping the question over the festive period - which is traditionally the most popular time to propose - need to start getting their wedding ducks in order. Bobby Leigh Pemberton from leading fine jewellery dealers Humphrey Butler has provided the following comments about choosing the right engagement ring - the stones, the etiquette and the price. Bobby says, "The nurture of nervous prospective grooms has become an essential expertise for us and it is always a huge honour to be allowed to assist at this crucial juncture in people's lives.

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Wedding News: London’s new lavish dining experience

London’s new lavish dining experience

Having been awarded 3 AA Rosettes in September 2023, fine dining restaurant London Stock is now open at their new home on 6 Sackville Street in the heart of Mayfair! Founded by Le Cordon Bleu-trained Assem Abdel Hady and Andres Bernal with the aim of redefining the traditional fine dining experience, the restaurant was originally based in Wandsworth, opening in January 2020. In addition to their stunning, 8-course tasting menu offered all day (£85), the restaurant offers a range of set menus and courses to emphasise the restaurant's ethos of an approachable, yet luxurious dining atmosphere. London Stock, led by Head Chef Sebastian Rast, is committed to cooking sustainably through striving towards a zero-waste kitchen and using only the highest quality, fresh produce which accentuates the team's passion for excellence.

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Wedding News: Fraser Hart launches its stunning lab-grown diamond collection

Fraser Hart launches its stunning lab-grown diamond collection

Fraser Hart, one of the UK's leading purveyors of fine jewellery, is redefining affordable luxury with the launch of its Born Lab Grown Diamonds collection in 10 new stores nationwide. Optically, physically and chemically identical to an earth-grown diamond, here cutting-edge technology is used to create timeless diamonds in a laboratory setting. Blending craftsmanship with innovation, Born Lab Grown Diamonds are breathtaking in their clarity, delivering the same sparkling wow-factor as traditionally mined gems, but with a more accessible price tag. The Born collection includes a stunning choice of "buy now, treasure forever" heirloom jewellery pieces. With exquisite diamond rings starting at just £799, diamond and white gold stud earrings from £799, classic diamond encrusted tennis bracelets from £5,250, and diamond pendant necklaces from £850, investing in luxurious, exceptional quality and utterly timeless diamond jewellery pieces has never been more attractive.

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Wedding News: The wellness journals from Lovendu you need in your life

The wellness journals from Lovendu you need in your life

With Mental Health Awareness day falling in October, and as we approach the end of the year, take positive steps to improve your wellbeing in 2024 through journaling. The benefits of daily journaling are huge, from reducing stress and improving your mental health to boosting productivity and providing an opportunity to get in sync with your emotions. It's the ultimate act of self-care – and Lovendu makes it easy to take control of your life and truly thrive.

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Wedding News: Cornwall meets Colombo in an exciting chef collaboration!

Cornwall meets Colombo in an exciting chef collaboration!

Jack Stein (TV Chef and Chef Director of Rick Stein Restaurants) is teaming up with Karan Gokani (Co-Founder of Sri Lankan restaurants Hoppers) to host two unique dining experiences in London this November – marrying spectacular Cornish seafood with the bold flavours of Sri Lanka and South India. £5 from each ticket sold will be donated to Feeding The Future - Hoppers' charity initiative providing early childhood care in disadvantaged communities in Sri Lanka. Book for Thursday 2nd November at Rick Stein Barnes at 7pm (tickets here) and Sunday 19th November at Hoppers Soho at 12pm, 3pm & 5:30pm (tickets here).

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